Well the year is finally coming to an end and I'm sure we're all feeling a certain sense of relief. As a design studio with one foot in San Francisco and the other in Vancouver, we've had to face many challenges and embrace a new way of working and thinking in order to adjust to life. Despite that, we've been fortunate to work and be apart of some amazing projects and events over the past year and are excited to share them with you!
We have been working with Neuralink over the last couple of years to turn their revolutionary brain machine interface technology into great products and experiences. In 2020 Neuralink launched their latest project, a surgical robot which could perform the procedure of implanting neural threads safely into the brain. Neuralink’s engineering team created the groundbreaking technology for the robot and we worked with them on the industrial design to prepare the robot for use in clinical settings. The goal from a design perspective was to come up with an aesthetics that would not intimidate patients while at the same time expressing the futuristic nature of the technology. Check out the full details of the project here!
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While working with Neuralink, we began to ask ourselves "To what extent is integrating technology into our lives and bodies okay? When is it unethical? and how to choose what projects to work on?" These questions gave us the fuel to put together a talk that our Founder Afshin Mehin gave at IDS Vancouver back in October.
The main premise of the talk was humans differ from other species because of their continuous drive to innovate and improve and a new technology is often judged based on how much it can influence the decisions we make as people.
Click here to check out our article where we take a deep dive into this topic!
In the past couple of months, so many of us had to rethink our lives due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdowns that followed. Our homes turned into the center of our (subjective) universes where spend time with family, hold virtual meetings, exercise and meditate. All these new functions needed thoughtful technological solutions and designs. As we have started to better understand our shifting needs at home, we've also started to reimagine what an intelligent (or smart) home would actually be and we wrote an article about it to start to solidify our thinking.
Sepura the Smarter Composter
We have been lucky enough to not only be thinking about the future of smart home but also work with companies to bring this vision to life. Sepura Home garnered industry-wide recognition for its innovation in food waste and sustainability at its debut at CES 2020. It's a great example of how to make a smarter home by making a more sustainable and efficient home. Working with the Sepura team, we believe we were able to create something truly unique that pushes the needle forward on what a more sustainable home could look like.
Tzoa's Indoor Air Quality Monitor
Building on this same philosophy, we designed the Tzoa indoor air quality monitor to help people intuitively understand the air quality inside their home. Air quality is both a personal and a global concern in the present day. With climate concerns growing around the world, there is an increase need to start to track the air, water, and earth around us to get a better idea of what is happening around us. This product begins to help make the air that surrounds you more quantified. Take a look at this and our other projects from this year here!
We have been fortunate enough to have worked on some incredible projects this year. Through all of the hard work and collaborations we have received recognition from industry peers and we couldn't be more grateful to share these awards with our amazing clients. This year, we've received project recognition as well as opportunities to be part of a few podcasts! All are available here for your reading/listening pleasure!
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us throughout the years and especially this year! We look forward to continuing to thrive for bigger and more future forward designs. Make sure to subscribe to the newsletter as we have big news coming out in January and to stay up to date on all of the ground breaking projects and future forward concepts we have here at Card79.